Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST)

The Draw-a-Scientist Test is an open-ended projective test that assesses children's conceptual images of scientists. The DAST is evaluated using a 7-point scale based on the presence of the following components in drawing: lab coat, eyeglasses, facial growth of hair, symbols of research, symbols of knowledge, technology & relevant captions.

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by anonymous, Director, Multimedia Research, 1

Multimedia Research used a slightly modified DAST test in a summative evaluation of a children's science radio series, Kinetic City Super Crew, published in Educational Technology Research and Development, 42(3). The measure was included as a non-verbal assessment of attitude toward scientists after the radio intervention. This is not an effective test to assess change in stereotypes because students respond by presenting an "icon" of a scientist - an image that all will recognize as a scientist - rather than a scientist that reflects their own views and attitudes. The DAST is not a valid measure for attitude change.